With 17 years of rock climbing under my belt you can imagine how many pairs of rock climbing shoes I have worn, trashed, melted, destroyed, and abused. I have tried every brand and nearly every shoe ever made has been on my deformed rock shoe shaped feet. This is the best shoe on the market, by far, hands down. This is the softest and more sensitive version of the other Mad Rock Con series shoes all of which I am a huge fan of. Right out of the box these bad boys fit perfect, none of that ridicules break in period of "cripple feet syndrome". The Velcro pull tab is similar to the La Sportiva Solutions but the heel cup never slips off when using technical heel hooks. The "shank" in the fore-foot gives the shoe an amazingly down turned and aggressive feel for those steep problems that require precision foot work, while still being flexible enough for those serious toe hooking maneuvers. Simply put this shoe has it all, for any terrain, is easy to take on and off, and fits like a glove. I would recommend this shoe for anyone at any level and for the price they are a steel. Or, you could go pay twice as much for an uncomfortable over priced rubber sock, but that of course is entirely up to you.